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Volunteering in Romania: Children and Village Life in the Carpathian Mountains

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Program #18286RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 28 — Oct 13, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, September 28 - Overnight flight to Europe
Depart From: Depart from USA to Romania. Overnight flight.

Type: Other

Description: Participants will live in a house (shared bed rooms) on the grounds of the orphanage.

Contact info:
Comuna Posesti, Judet Prahova, Cod 2124
Valea Plopului, Romania
phone: +40-44-280-600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
If participants will arrive early or stay late in Romania, we recommend that they make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Bucharest and travel with the group on the program start and end dates to and from Valea Screzii.


Day Two: Sunday, September 29 - Arrival to Bucharest, transfer to orphanage, welc...
Morning: Arrival to Bucharest's Otopeni airport

Lunch: lunch on own en route to Romania

Afternoon: Late afternoon - depart in van for 3-hour drive to Valea Screzii.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at orphanage

Evening: Orientation and settling in at the orphanage

Lodging: Pro Vita Orphanage

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Participants will live in a house (shared bed rooms) on the grounds of the orphanage.

Contact info:
Comuna Posesti, Judet Prahova, Cod 2124
Valea Plopului, Romania
phone: +40-44-280-600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
If participants will arrive early or stay late in Romania, we recommend that they make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Bucharest and travel with the group on the program start and end dates to and from Valea Screzii.


Day Three: Monday, September 30 - Orientation, introduction to work projects, volun...
Breakfast: Breakfast at orphanage

Morning: Introduction to work projects at the orphanage. The exact tasks that volunteers do will depend what the orphanage needs at the time, but morning tasks may include: organizing donations, delivery of food and donations to families in need, clearing up around the site, painting, basic repairs, gardening, work on the houses, working in the fields and harvesting crops.

Lunch: Lunch at orphanage

Afternoon: Free Time and Volunteer work. Participants will usually be free after lunch until about 4pm when the children return from school. From about 4-6pm volunteers will assist the children with their homework and do activities with them.

Dinner: Dinner at orphanage

Evening: Participants spend time with the children after dinner playing games and supervising them.

Lodging: Pro Vita Orphanage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Participants will live in a house (shared bed rooms) on the grounds of the orphanage.

Contact info:
Comuna Posesti, Judet Prahova, Cod 2124
Valea Plopului, Romania
phone: +40-44-280-600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
If participants will arrive early or stay late in Romania, we recommend that they make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Bucharest and travel with the group on the program start and end dates to and from Valea Screzii.


Day Four: Tuesday, October 01 - Volunteer work, Romanian language lesson
Breakfast: Breakfast at orphanage

Morning: Volunteer work

Lunch: Lunch at orphanage

Afternoon: Romanian language lesson and volunteer work

Dinner: Dinner at orphanage

Evening: Time with the children on activities/helping with homework. Time for the group to spend together.

Lodging: Pro Vita Orphanage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Participants will live in a house (shared bed rooms) on the grounds of the orphanage.

Contact info:
Comuna Posesti, Judet Prahova, Cod 2124
Valea Plopului, Romania
phone: +40-44-280-600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
If participants will arrive early or stay late in Romania, we recommend that they make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Bucharest and travel with the group on the program start and end dates to and from Valea Screzii.


Day Five: Wednesday, October 02 - Volunteer work, guest speaker
Breakfast: Breakfast at orphanage

Morning: Volunteer work

Lunch: Lunch at orphanage

Afternoon: Volunteer work

Dinner: Dinner at orphanage

Evening: A local Priest will talk with the group about the Romanian Orthodox Faith. He will address its beliefs, practices, and how it affects the daily life and culture of the Romanian people.

Lodging: Pro Vita Orphanage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Participants will live in a house (shared bed rooms) on the grounds of the orphanage.

Contact info:
Comuna Posesti, Judet Prahova, Cod 2124
Valea Plopului, Romania
phone: +40-44-280-600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
If participants will arrive early or stay late in Romania, we recommend that they make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Bucharest and travel with the group on the program start and end dates to and from Valea Screzii.


Day Six: Thursday, October 03 - Volunteer work, language lesson
Breakfast: Breakfast at orphanage

Morning: Volunteer work

Lunch: Lunch at orphanage

Afternoon: Volunteer work & Romanian language lesson

Dinner: Dinner at orphanage

Evening: Time with the children and packing for weekend excursion

Lodging: Pro Vita Orphanage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
str. Principala nr. 21A
Brasov - Moieciu de Sus, Romania
phone: +0747 118 311
web: www.vlahiainn.ro

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Friday, October 04 - Travel to Bran for weekend excursion. Dinner in ...
Travel to Bran for weekend excursion. Dinner in Bran and night in hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast at orphanage

Morning: Volunteer work and prepare for excursion

Lunch: Lunch at orphanage

Afternoon: Travel to Bran

Dinner: Dinner at Bed & Breakfast

Evening: Free time to explore local area

Lodging: Vlahia Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
str. Principala nr. 21A
Brasov - Moieciu de Sus, Romania
phone: +0747 118 311
web: www.vlahiainn.ro

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Saturday, October 05 - Tour of castles in Bran, night in hotel in Bran
Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B

Morning: Visit Peles Castle

Lunch: Lunch in the Medieval town of Bran

Afternoon: Visit Bran castle (Dracula's castle) and explore the town of Bran

Dinner: Dinner at the Bed & Breakfast

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Vlahia Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Participants will live in a house (shared bed rooms) on the grounds of the orphanage.

Contact info:
Comuna Posesti, Judet Prahova, Cod 2124
Valea Plopului, Romania
phone: +40-44-280-600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
If participants will arrive early or stay late in Romania, we recommend that they make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Bucharest and travel with the group on the program start and end dates to and from Valea Screzii.


Day Nine: Sunday, October 06 - Tour of castles in the morning, transfer back to ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B

Morning: Visit Rasnov and Brasov castles

Lunch: Eat lunch in town of Brasov

Afternoon: Visit the Black Church then transfer to the orphanage in Valea Screzii

Dinner: Dinner at the orphanage

Evening: Time with the children

Lodging: Pro Vita Orphanage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Participants will live in a house (shared bed rooms) on the grounds of the orphanage.

Contact info:
Comuna Posesti, Judet Prahova, Cod 2124
Valea Plopului, Romania
phone: +40-44-280-600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
If participants will arrive early or stay late in Romania, we recommend that they make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Bucharest and travel with the group on the program start and end dates to and from Valea Screzii.


Day Ten: Monday, October 07 - Volunteer work
Breakfast: Breakfast at orphanage

Morning: Volunteer work

Lunch: Lunch at orphanage

Afternoon: Volunteer work

Dinner: Dinner at orphanage

Evening: Time with the children to help with homework and do activities

Lodging: Pro Vita Orphanage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Participants will live in a house (shared bed rooms) on the grounds of the orphanage.

Contact info:
Comuna Posesti, Judet Prahova, Cod 2124
Valea Plopului, Romania
phone: +40-44-280-600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
If participants will arrive early or stay late in Romania, we recommend that they make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Bucharest and travel with the group on the program start and end dates to and from Valea Screzii.


Day Eleven: Tuesday, October 08 - Volunteer work, guest speaker
Breakfast: Breakfast at orphanage

Morning: Volunteer work

Lunch: Lunch at orphanage

Afternoon: Volunteer work

Dinner: Dinner at orphanage

Evening: A local craftsman will talk to the group about his work, why it is important to him and the community, and how it relates to the culture and life of the local people.

Lodging: Pro Vita Orphanage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Participants will live in a house (shared bed rooms) on the grounds of the orphanage.

Contact info:
Comuna Posesti, Judet Prahova, Cod 2124
Valea Plopului, Romania
phone: +40-44-280-600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
If participants will arrive early or stay late in Romania, we recommend that they make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Bucharest and travel with the group on the program start and end dates to and from Valea Screzii.


Day Twelve: Wednesday, October 09 - Volunteer work
Breakfast: Breakfast at orphanage

Morning: Volunteer work

Lunch: Lunch at orphanage

Afternoon: Volunteer work

Dinner: Dinner at orphanage

Evening: Time spent with the children on homework and activities

Lodging: Pro Vita Orphanage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Participants will live in a house (shared bed rooms) on the grounds of the orphanage.

Contact info:
Comuna Posesti, Judet Prahova, Cod 2124
Valea Plopului, Romania
phone: +40-44-280-600
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
If participants will arrive early or stay late in Romania, we recommend that they make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Bucharest and travel with the group on the program start and end dates to and from Valea Screzii.


Day Thirteen: Thursday, October 10 - volunteer work, farewell dinner at orphanage
Breakfast: Breakfast at orphanage

Morning: Volunteer work

Lunch: Lunch at orphanage

Afternoon: Volunteer work

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the orphanage

Evening: Farewells with the children, packing for departure

Lodging: Pro Vita Orphanage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Contact info:
Strada Henri Coandă 25
Bucharest, 10667 Romania
phone: +021 650 0027
web: www.hotelmichelangelo.ro/en/

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: see website
Please see the website for booking details.


Day Fourteen: Friday, October 11 - Transfer to Bucharest, tour of sites in Bucharest
Breakfast: Breakfast at orphanage

Morning: Transfer to Bucharest, check into hotel

Lunch: Lunch in the city

Afternoon: Guided tour of Parliament Building and explore surrounding area

Dinner: Dinner in the city

Evening: Free time to explore the city sights

Lodging: Hotel Michelangelo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Contact info:
Strada Henri Coandă 25
Bucharest, 10667 Romania
phone: +021 650 0027
web: www.hotelmichelangelo.ro/en/

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: see website
Please see the website for booking details.


Day Fifteen: Saturday, October 12 - Tour of sites in Bucharest, free time, group's fa...
Breakfast: Visit to the Village Museum

Morning: Breakfast at hotel

Lunch: Lunch in the city

Afternoon: Visit to the Cathedral and other local sites

Dinner: Group's Farewell dinner in the city

Evening: Group time for final explorations and farewells

Lodging: Hotel Michelangelo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Sunday, October 13 - Departure from Bucharest
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Transfer to Otopeni Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast

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41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
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